Good advice here. Technically there is no longer such a thing as a JNAC but your cogregation should be encouraged to be developing a Ling Faith Story for posting on ChurchHub. Thsi is something to do and keep up to date all the time, not just when you are in search mode. That process should help see who you say you are and what you say your prioities are (knowing that what we day about ourselves is sometimes different from what we live out)If you have recently done a JNAC you should have some priorities and wishes. Perhaps it could go to expand a youth program, a food service, an outreach to the community Things that the congregation highlighted as important
another thing I would consider is what did the member Who left the money value? outreach, pastoral care, preaching, youth, food banks, choir........ ??? that might help pull together a short list.
does your church have a bequest committee. Ours has an ongoing list of things they would like to accomplish over time
Our church in a a very troubled area of Berlin had invested in creating a cafe in a side wing of the church with its own outside entrance. Volunteers run the cafe plus were available to talk to people. I loved that ” job” and became quite good at making all kinds of coffee beverages, we had a professional machine for that. It was a starting point for people to make contact, come to talk, get connected with resources. the prices were affordable.
Twenty seven years later, it is still running.
First and foremost, be very thankful to have a member who believes so strongly in what your Church does. Secondly, maybe take stock of who you are and what you have done to win a members' trust to this degree.Our church just received $500,000 from a member's estate. The only stipulation is we are not to put it towards buying a building. We rent.
What should we do? What would you do?
LOL. That would keep us going for the next century or so if we keep it as is. But, with cash like that, I could put us on a dedicated server, add a few dozen add-ons, promote us using Google ad placements, and pay myself a salary to run it all.The easy answer! Send it to WC2!